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Williams-Darling is beaten by Christine Ohuruogu

21 March 2006

Christine Ohuruogu of England (center) beats Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas (right) - Melbourne. (Getty Images) Christine Ohuruogu of England (center) beats Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas (right) - Melbourne. (Getty Images)
European under-23 silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu rounded off a great night for England when she beat the Bahamas’ Tonique Williams-Darling in the women’s 400m, the last event of the programme. Ohuruogu clocked a personal best of 50.28 to leave the World and Olympic champion trailing in her wake in the shock result of the night.

Ohuruogu ran a wonderfully-judged race. With Williams inside her, she saved enough strength to come back at the Bahamian and Williams-Darling’s team-mate Christine Amertil, in the final straight. The 21-year-old student crossed the line metres clear to set a personal best.

“I couldn’t ask for more than that,” she said afterwards. “I messed up in Helsinki (at the 2005 World Championships) and wasn’t going to let the chance slip by me again. I was just praying at the start and telling myself to do it.”

Williams-Darling knew she was beaten 40 metres from home and had to be satisfied with silver in 50.76. Amertil was overtaken in the charge for home by Jamaica’s Novlene Williams who claimed the bronze in 51.12.

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